Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.


Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

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California asylum: Gay man in fear to re-enter his country

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2013 | Asylum

California readers may have heard media coverage of a recent asylum case centered on a Russian man’s claim of harassment based on his sexual orientation. The matter has shed light not only on the treatment of gays in other nations, but also of the manner in which asylum cases are handled right here in our own country. A federal court of appeals has found that the Board of Immigration Appeals within the U.S. Department of Justice was wrong in at least one of its conclusions in this case.

The man came to the United States in 2003 to study at an English language school. The decision to move came after two separate attacks that he experienced on Russian soil. The man claims that both of those attacks were based on the fact that he is homosexual, and was actively involved in a relationship with another man.

In one attack, the man was allegedly beaten and kicked while walking with his partner. On another occasion, he suffered a concussion when knocked unconscious while out at a restaurant with his partner. The man sought police assistance after both attacks, but says that law enforcement officers failed to assist him or investigate the incidents.

When he filed for asylum, immigration officials ruled that he had failed to demonstrate that Russian government officials were unable or unwilling to control the individuals who attacked him. Specifically, no evidence was presented to refute the man’s claims presented within his request for asylum. The case has been handed back down to the Board for review. Before sending the man back to his native land, the board must show that conditions have changed that would ensure his safety, or that he could be relocated to an area that posed no additional threat. California readers will likely continue to follow the case as it returns to the Board for review.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, Court orders review in gay Russian’s asylum case, Sudhin Thanawala, Nov. 28, 2013


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